How to Crop and Rotate Photos/Videos in iMovie

Wondershare Editor By Mar 16,2017 21:00 pm

Sometimes you shoot videos or take photos only to find it's vertically oriented. When you are editing those photos and videos in iMovie, you want to rotate photos and movies in iMovie. And there are also many times when you want just a certain part of a photo or video either to focus on a certain part or to remove the imperfect part, and you need to crop photos and videos in iMovie. If your PC is Windows rather than Mac, you can check this tutorial about how to crop videos on Windows.

Part 1: How to crop and rotate photos and videos in iMovie

resize video

Step 1. Open the tools

Open your iMovie project first and open the cropping and rotating tools. Hit the Crop button on the iMovie toolbar to open the Cropping Tools in the viewer.

resize video

Step 2. Crop photos and videos

In the cropping tools viewer, simply drag to resize and reposition the green area to focus on a certain part. Then move the pointer to a corner of it until the pointer turns into a plus sign, and then drag to make it bigger or smaller so as to change the size.

Tip: You can hit Allow Black to maintain a black border around your still photo. This function applied only to still photos.

resize video

Step 3. Rotate photos and videos

Hit the Rotate button to rotate your videos and photos to the left or right. Each click turns your image 90 degrees.

Note: With the new orientation, the image might no longer fit the project's aspect ratio, and black bars might appear at the top and bottom of the image (letterbox) or on its left and right sides (pillarbox).

resize video

Step 4. Preview and Save

Click the Play button in the viewer to preview the photo and video. When you're satisfied result, simply click Done to finish rotating photos and videos or cropping photos and videos in iMovie.

Learn more about iMovie Editing Tips

Part 2: An easier way to rotate and crop photos and videos

resize video

When editing videos or photos with iMovie, chances are that the format isn't supported by the software. Thus you should convert them first. So to help you crop or rotate photos and videos in an easier way, I recommend another video editing tool –Wondershare Filmora for Mac(Originally Wondershare Filmora for Mac). It's an easy-to-use yet power-packed Mac video editing tool that supports almost all the popular video and audio formats! Now let's see how to use to crop and rotate videos as well as photos.

Learn more >>

Download Win VersionDownload Mac Version

resize video

Step 1. Import your media files

Go to File > Import Media or just drag and drop photos, videos to the program. To help you easy get files, a media browser is provides to let you import from iTunes library, Photo Booth, etc. You can also record videos using a video capture device or with the built-in iSight.

resize video

Step 2. Crop videos and photos

Click the "Crop" button on the tool bar. In the pop up window, choose "16:9" or "4:3" option to crop automatically, or choose "Manually" and customize the size window to crop manually.

resize video

Step 3. Rotate videos and photos

Click the "rotate" button on the toolbar to rotate the videos as you like. Alternatively, you can also right click the file and choose the "rotate" option. Rotating 90 degrees clockwise or anti-clockwise, flipping horizontally and vertically are all available.

resize video

Step 4. Save your files

After cropping or rotating your videos or photos, click "Export" to save the file to new format or upload to YouTube and even burn to DVD.

Learn more about Filmora Editing Tips

Download Win Version Download Mac Version


Product-related questions? Speak directly to our Support Team >>

Start your video project now by purchasing
Filmora or downloading the free trial.

• iMovie tutorials
1. iMovie alternatives
1.1 iMovie Alternatives for Windows
1.2 iMovie Alternatives for Mac
2. Basic editing tips for iMovie
2.1 How to join clips in iMovie
2.2 How to crop/rotate photo/videos in iMovie
2.3 How to add voiceover in iMovie
2.4 How to correct color in iMovie
2.5 How to add background music in iMovie
3. Advenced editing tips for iMovie
See more